Our Coursework

The following two courses are leveling courses and do not apply to the degree. (Credits Do Not Apply to Degree)

EDU/SPED 1101. Field-Based Observations. 1 Semester Hour. An early field experience designed to explore teaching as a career. Involves intensive orientation to the public school program through observations and other guided experiences. (FA/SP)

EDU 2103. Foundations of Education. 3 Semester Hours. American education in its cultural setting; its nature, role, and function in society. Thes application of theories, research, and philosophies of teaching/learning, school law, and the organization and finances of the school will be explored. (FA/SP) Prerequisite(s): EDU 1101 or concurrent enrollment.

Core Course Descriptions

Education (EDU)

EDU 5103. Instructional Strategies. 3 Semester Hours. Strategies of teaching with emphasis on student diversity, learning styles, pedagogical content, delivery media, and recommendations for classroom modifications and changes in teaching strategies for marginal and exceptional learners. (FA/SUI)

EDU 5203. Learning and Human Development. 3 Semester Hours. Human life span from conception to death including physical, cognitive, affective, spiritual, career and social development. Emphasizes learning styles and multiple intelligence. (WI/MAY)

EDU 5513. Culturally Diverse & Special Needs Populations. 3 Semester Hours. Theory, research, and methodology relative to the needs of multicultural and special student populations. Course includes the use of technology to lessen the gap between program expectations and student achievement. (WI/MAY/SUII)

EDU 5523. Educational Research. 3 Semester Hours. Statistics and techniques for locating, analyzing, and evaluating educational research. Quantitative and qualitative research design with emphasis on direct application to educational problems and decisions. Must be taken at first opportunity. (FA/SP/SU)

Specialization Courses

ECE 5113 Child Growth and Development
3 Hours This advanced course in child growth, development and learning builds upon the foundational materials covered in the basic course in child growth, development and learning. An integration of major theories of child development is provided by focusing on contemporary research in all aspects of development, including bio-ecological, social-affective, cognitive-learning, language-cultural, and methodological aspects of research in early childhood development and education. This course focuses on preparing early childhood professionals to use empirically based research to inform their teaching of young children. For each course objective (core competency) students will demonstrate the indicators established for the master's level. (FA)

ECE 5163 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum 3 Hours This advanced course focuses on developmentally appropriate content, learning environments, and curriculum implementation for children birth to age 8. It emphasizes integration of content areas (the arts, literacy, math, health, science, social studies, adaptive learning) and the development of rich learning environments for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children through grade 3. This course builds upon indicators of competence established at the lower division (BS) level. For each course objective (core competency), students will demonstrate the indicators of competence established for the Master's level. (FA)

ECE 5173 Methods and Materials: Math, Science, Art 3 Hours This advanced course focuses on developmentally appropriate content, learning environments, and curriculum implementation for children in K-3rd grade. It emphasizes integration of content areas (the arts, literacy, math, health, science, and social studies) and the development of rich learning environments for the early primary grades with a particular focus on Math, Science and Motor Skills development. For each course objective (core competency), students will demonstrate the indicators established for the Master's level. (SP)

ECE 5203 Educational Leadership and Supervision 3 Hours Functions, roles, competencies, skills (including technology) and styles of educational leadership and supervision. Includes master schedules, staff evaluation, and staff development. (C )(FA/SU1)

ECE 5223 Advanced Assessment 3 Hours Principles of assessment, integrating technology into the assessment process and using assessment in instructional decision and staff development. Includes interpretation of standardized tests and the development of assessments for students. (Cross references with EDG/EDI/EDR/SPED 5223) (FA/SU)

ECE 5233 Whole Child: Social Studies, Social Development and the Arts 3 Hours This advanced course focuses on one of the core concepts of teaching primary school approach. Emphasis is on developmentally appropriate content, learning environments, and curriculum implementation for children from Birth through 3 combines appropriate social studies content with the closely related areas of social development and family/community partnerships. Integration with other content areas is stressed to achieve the cognitive, social/emotional and physical development of all children. course objective (core competency), students will demonstrate the indicators established by the State of New Mexico for Early Childhood Teachers. (FA)

ECE 5263 Practicum I 3 Hours This advanced practicum provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge gained from ECE 5163 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum, ECE 5173 Methods and Materials: Math, Science, Art, ECE 5303 Early Literacy and Language Acquisition and develop skills in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences, integrated curriculum, and learning environments of children from birth to age five. Curriculum will include all content areas: the arts, health/wellness, literacy, math, social studies, science, and adaptive living skills for children with special needs. The practicum experience will be divided equally among classrooms serving B-2 year-olds, 3-5 year-olds, and kindergartners. Thirty (30) hours at a State Licensed Head Start or NAEYC Certified child care facility will be required to be logged and signed by a supervising teacher. Student is responsible for securing permission at the practicum site, presenting course related material to the site to ensure that all parties know what is expected. PRE: ECE 5163, ECE 5173 and ECE 5303 (FA/SP)

ECE 5273 Practicum II 3 Hours This advanced practicum provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge gained from ECE 5163 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum, ECE 5173 Methods and Materials: Math, Science, Art, ECE 5303 Early Literacy and Language Acquisition. In the first through third grade classrooms, students will develop skills in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences, integrated curriculum, and learning environments for children from ages 6 through 8. Curriculum will include all content areas: the arts, health/wellness, literacy, math, social studies, science, and adaptive living skills for children with special needs. The practicum experience will be divided equally among first, second and third grade classrooms in a State Licensed elementary school. Thirty (30) hours of logged and signed experience must be completed. Student is responsible for securing permission at the practicum site, presenting course-related material to the site to ensure that all parties know what is expected. PRE: ECE 5263 (FA/SP)

ECE 5303 Early Literacy & Language Acquisition 3 Hours Examines acquisition of a first, then second, language, cultural implications/practices of languages, literacy development of children ages 0 8, and assessing early literacy. Program design with integrated technology and current research are discussed. Best practices based on research, trends in instruction and balancing literacy instruction are additional themes. (SP1)

ECE 5313 Early Intervention: Infant and Toddler 3 Hours This advanced course focuses on developmentally appropriate content, learning environments and curriculum implementation for children from birth through age two and the supporting research. It emphasizes integration of the arts, literacy, math, health, motor and social development, science, and social studies in a rich learning environment for infants and toddlers. In addition to learning about infant and toddler programs, students will learn about the field of Early Intervention and current issues in this field. For each course objective (core competency), students will demonstrate the indicators established for the Mater's level. (SU1)

ECE 5323 Practical Issues: Core Knowledge Curriculum 3 Hours This advanced course focuses on current issues in Early Childhood Education with special emphasis on Core Knowledge Curriculum and Professionalism. Students will develop a personal philosophy based on both current and historical research that enables them to act as mentors and advocates within the field. Students will critically evaluate both research and implementation of a variety of programs, principles, practices, methods and materials and practice presentation of their findings with others. (SP)